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Sororities Reconsider Recruitment

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Staff Reporter September 24, 2018

Whitman sororities had one of the lowest quotas for incoming pledge classes ever this year, dipping from 24 to 11 people. The recruitment process for the sororities at Whitman occurred earlier this...

Exclusion and the Decline of Greek Life

Alondra Contreras, Opinion Columnist May 3, 2018

What has been happening with Greek life this year? That is a great question and I know there has been many remarks about the way Greek life at Whitman has been handling certain situations. Last year, there...

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TKE Grapples With Basement Writing

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief May 3, 2018

This past weekend, The Wire received an anonymous email reporting racist and misogynistic writing in the basement of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), along with a photo. The writing reads “Not Afraid to ‘Hard...

The “White Moderate” Problem: Diversity and Inclusion in Greek Life at Whitman

Claire Ommen, Staff Reporter April 10, 2018

Throughout this year, members of the Whitman Greek community have begun to grapple with racism in Greek Life’s past – and present. Sophomore Kylin Brown, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion...

Tokenization in Greek Life

Jordon Crawford, Columnist March 1, 2018

As an international student, my idea of Greek Life was very tainted. On one hand, you had the rich, stuck-up jocks who took pleasure in being called “Frat Boys” and in hazing pledges. On the other...

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Mind the Gap: New Res Hall Promises to Shake Up Campus Culture

Chris Hankin, News Editor February 13, 2018

From the corner of Alder and Park the progress on Whitman’s newest residence hall is clear. What was an empty lot this time last spring is now a building nearing completion. Though the Cleveland Dining...

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Greek Life Attracts Fewer New Members

Tywen Kelly, Publisher September 27, 2017

Sororities and fraternities this year both experienced a low turnout for recruitment and rush, resulting in smaller pledges classes all around. The fraternities received a total of 53 pledges, notably...

Greek Life: Tragedy or Comedy?

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist April 13, 2017

American universities across the nation are experiencing new and unforeseen questions of established college norms. Among the institutions questioned is Greek Life. Many detractors would say they perpetuate...

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Another Drugging Reported at Whitman Party

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief April 9, 2017

Another Whitman student reported unknowingly ingesting dissociative “date rape” drugs on Saturday night. The drugging reportedly occurred at an all-campus party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house. The...

Op-Ed: Rethinking Greek Life at Whitman

Nolan Bishop November 17, 2016

The Greek system has been an integral part of Whitman College since 1912, when the trustees and overseers of the college approved the charter for Phi Mu, Whitman’s first sorority. Since then, Greek life...

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A Breach of Trust: Whitman College Grapples with Dissociative Drug Investigation

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay November 10, 2016
A criminal investigation is currently underway after multiple Whitman students reported that they exhibited symptoms consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs over the last two weekends. On the morning of November 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email alerting the Whitman community to the suspected druggings. In the email, Cleveland indicated that the police would begin interviewing any who are familiar with the situation or suspect they may have been drugged.
Anderson and Fox to Fill Vacant ASWC Senate Seats

Anderson and Fox to Fill Vacant ASWC Senate Seats

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter October 5, 2016

Sophomore Paris Fox and senior Jack Anderson will fill the two vacant seats in the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) senate. Last week a special election was held to determine who would become...

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